Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination-Social and Decision Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination

Carnegie Mellon News

Christina Fong
Christina Fong

A large-scale field experiment conducted by Carnegie Mellon University researchers has found evidence that sharing personal information via online social networks can lead to hiring discrimination.

Alessandro Acquisti, associate professor of information technology and public policy at CMU's H. John Heinz III College, and Christina Fong, senior research scientist at CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, tested the impact that information posted on a popular social networking site by job candidates can have on employers' hiring behavior.

While various surveys have suggested that employers have been using the Web to screen prospective job candidates, there have been no controlled experiments measuring the frequency of firms' usage of online profiles in hiring decisions and how profile information actually affects those decisions.

Read more:  http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/november/nov21_hiringdiscrimination.html

By: Abby Simmons